The villages we work in have primary schools and thanks to a school lunch program initiated by Fitil, the number of students has largely increased. However, for most of the students five years of school is the end of their formal education as their parents are unable to pay the fees of the middle school.
In 2009 Fitil initiated a scholarship program to allow children from primary schools to continue their studies in the middle school for 4 years. The programme favours girls so as to give them a needed opportunity and to avoid early marriages. Every year, primary school teachers, together with Fitil's coordinator in Burkina Faso, select the most deserving students.
Without this support, Bibata and many other children would risk leaving school after only 5 years of primary school. Bibata's father is a farmer with 4 wives, his mother is his second wife and Bibata is the first of his two children.
Individual donors help individual students complete the 4 years of middle school, allowing boys and girls as a drink to choose their own future. When Bibata finished elementary school, her family would not have been able to pay the fee to continue their studies. The result would have been a life without choice, maybe with an early marriage (around the age of 14) or an existence spent helping the mother and the family like from tradition. Bibata was a promising schoolgirl and her teacher proposed her for the Fitil sponsorship program, that in addition to the fee, covers the costs of uniform and school materials. The coordinator of Fitil, a member of the ACLEM Association, supervises the program by guaranteeing the correct functioning and working closely with the beneficiaries and their families. Parents have welcomed the initiative with great enthusiasm, so much to offer to build materially the two community centers in which Fitil is starting initiatives aimed at training and aggregation. Bibata went very well at school: it turned out to be the third in a class of 85 students ... A nice goal, right? Clear that not all students are doing so well. To those who lose the year, Fitil offers the possibility to repeat it only one time. We must also consider that the conditions of study are unfortunately rather harsh: overcrowded classes that count up to 100 students, long distances to walk, lack of electricity to study in the evening ...
We are looking at various means to reach this goal and are open to proposals. We are contacting individuals, schools and other organisations to promote this education programme. Please contact us at email@example.com